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  • Hilltribe Museum and Population and Community Development Education Centre
    3.5 stars

    The Hill Tribe Museum is funded by famed Thai philanthropist Meechai's PDA and serves as a handy primer for anyone considering heading trekking from Chiang Rai. The museum includes a brief overview and photographic display covering some of the hill tribes you are more likely to visit. A lengthy ... read more

  • Wat Phra Kaew
    3.5 stars

    This is the most highly revered wat in Chiang Rai. Legend has it that in 1434 the stupa was struck by lightning and fell apart to reveal the Emerald Buddha. From that moment on, the statue travelled, visiting Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Chiang Mai, Lampang and Vientiane ... read more

  • Wat Phra Singh
    3 stars

    Constructed in 1385, this wat is regarded as a fine example of Lanna-style architecture. Note the twin sets of peacocks that flank the bot entrance and the white bunnies straight out of Alice in Wonderland at the back of the compound entranceway, along with the tree which has a Buddha for each day ... read more

  • Ban Kamlar traditional steam
    3 stars

    Just a short walk from Chiang Rai's morning market, this traditional steam house is a good spot to sooth your trekked out limbs. Prices are very reasonable. ... read more

  • The Clock Tower
    4 stars

    This is a new tower built to commemorate His Majesty the King's 80th birthday and to replace an old and tatty version. It's gold, gaudy, brash and something of an assault on the eyes, but it really comes into its own at night. It doesn't do its tricks every evening and the timings seem a bit ... read more

  • Hilltribe treks
    4 stars

    Trekking is one of the biggest attractions for travellers in Chiang Rai. Treks vary in length and challenge. Itineraries vary a little, but as a general rule, a two- to three-day trek will include: a) Trekking in the mountains; b) A boat trip and an elephant safari, which means some time out ... read more

  • Chiang Rai Beach
    3.5 stars

    Given that the nearest bit of sea is about 1,000 km away, it would be reasonable to question this spot's name. The 'beach' is a very pleasant park bordering the Mae Kok, River, where there are stalls selling food and sit down places to eat a snack or Thai meal. The park is all very quiet and ... read more

  • Chiang Rai Night Bazaar
    3.5 stars

    Chiang Rai's night bazaar is tiny compared to the famous one in Chiang Mai, but it makes up for its small size with a lively and friendly atmosphere and loads of good eats. Start by perusing the shopping stalls which offer similar albeit less abundant stuff as you'll find in Chiang Mai: hill-tribe ... read more

  • The Mae Kok trip, Northern Thailand
    3.5 stars

    A boat journey on the Kok River (Mae Kok) between Chiang Mai’s Tha Ton town and Chiang Rai city is one of the most scenic river journeys you can do in Northern Thailand. ... read more

  • Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai
    3.5 stars

    Let’s head up the road from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai for this post, where we’ll check out the unique Rong Khun temple. ... read more

  • Motorcycling the Chiang Rai loop
    3.5 stars

    The vast majority of the roads in northern Thailand are paved and 99 times out of a 100 a Honda Dream will be more than sufficient (as long as you don't mind the occasion sections spent permanently in first gear). ... read more

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